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to changing gun laws now in the wake of this latest massacre in newtown connecticut, with 26 people being dead and the big majority of nra members in favor of at least starter reforms to our gun laws, the biggest barrier to reforming our laws now may just be the pervasive common wisdom that it's not even worth it to try. modern history defies that common wisdom. but it persists. it persists, maybe. now, the last time we talked on the show about the long, long and long lost modern history and bipart san gun reforms was in the wake of the tucson shooting this past weekend. and in the wake of that shooting, the tucson shooting, this was the general assessment. gun control dead. a nonstarter. shootings unlikely to change laws. don't expect any changes. that was our random survey of the headlines last january after the tucson shootings. at least if you asked the beltway shooting gods. now it seems like the common wisdom may be less certain. look at the headlines now. and it's more like this. debate on gun control is revived. lawmakers call for tougher gun laws in wake of new town massacre. gun cont
and the continuing reaction to the newtown, connecticut, school massacre there. is some surprising news out of michigan on that issue today that we're going to be getting to. there is news about who is going to be in the united states senate in this next congress. we found out yesterday who is being tapped to replace senator jim demint, who is leaving the senate. we also found out yesterday who might replace john kerry if he leaves the senate to be secretary of state. we found out today who is the odds-on favorite to replace long-time hawaii senator daniel inouye, who died yesterday. we've got all that news ahead. >>> but we begin tonight with something that is an important story in its own terms. but for those of us at msnbc and nbc news, it is also an incredibly emotional thing. and i can tell you, it ends with good news. it ends with this news, which i can say personally was greeted by all of us as the best news in the world when we saw it. it's nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel, looking a little disheveled, a little less groomed than usual, but as you can see, looking like
is happening in newtown, connecticut, it's about an hour away from hartford, connecticut, the capital of that state. right now what we know, 9:41, a call for police according to what we're hearing from state police, they said they got a call from newtown police and they have sent state police to that scene. 9:57, a reverse 911 call went out. we'll go back to wvit where their reporter liz dahl reporting just moments ago what was happening on the ground. >> this is a photo just in to our newsroom of students being evacuated in the last hour or so from sandy hook elementary school. looking at that, that's a snapshot in time literally. it looks like it was done in a fairly orderly fashion. and for the sake of the kids, it doesn't look like it was done in a way where there will be a residual emotional effect. what you want to do is give them the sense that everything is under control. >> we're talking about kindergartners to first graders, we're talking about very young children. investigators did go room by room to evacuate the school to make sure that these kids are out. >> let's go back
this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> the question is, will newtown's tragedy be the tipping point in a country that has failed to respond when lives were lost so many times before. the debate ignited over gun control once again, but this time, with a very different feel. >> conversation we have to have along with guns, along with military style semi-automatic assault weapons with these just gr grotesque magazines. >> very powerful signs we entered a different era in this discussion. >> i don't want us to lose the hurt and the anger that we feel now and our resolve to do something. >> joining me with the very latest on the investigation is nbc news justice correspondent, pete williams. pete, where are connecticut state police focusing today as they try to uncover more behind the reasons of adam lanza? >> well, there's a huge wide range of what they're doing, thomas. they're interviewing witnesses still. they haven't even gotten to interviewing the children yet. that's going to be a very difficult process to do, very delicate one is the way they descri
. officers never fired a shot. the gunman's mother was found dead at a newtown location where the gunman lived. police have released no motive for the attack. the weapons used in the shooting were all legally purchased and were registered to the gunman's mother. an emotional president obama addressed the nation this afternoon from the white house. >> we've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. and each time i learn the news i react not as a president but as anybody else would, as a parent. and that was especially true today. i know there is not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams. so our hearts are broken today. for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the
a watershed event. this as major sporting goods stores near newtown temporarily pull all guns from the store. the backlash beyond a call for reasonable, sensible gun control. >>> our nbc colleagues are rescued after being kidnapped in syria and held for five days. >>> amber started north carolina-based footsteps clothing which had a booming christmas theme pajama line. they added other holidays and eventually expanded to products that celebrate family life. for more, watch "your business." >>> we have some good news to report today regarding the nbc colleagues. chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his team were freed from captors in syria this morning after being held hostage for five days. the three men were freed by rebels after firefight at a check point and are now safely out of the country. they appeared on the "today" show this morning describing the frightening ordeal. >> we were with some gunmen, some rebels who were escorted us. they executed one of them on the spot. then they took us to a series of safehouses and interrogation places. and they kept us blindfolded, bound. w
for awful reasons. "to the people of newtown, we are with you today and in the weeks and months ahead." that was the word today from ron barber, who was shot and wounded in the mass shooting in tucson last year that killed six people and wounded 13, including the grievous wounding of congresswoman gabby giffords. ron barber, who took gabby giffords' seat in congress after she stepped down to deal with her injuries. he said today, "as those of us in tucson know, senseless acts such as these tear at the very fabric of a community." mark kelly, gabby giffords' husband said today, "i just spoke with gabby, and she sends her prayers from tucson." in oak creek, wisconsin, where four months ago there was another mass shooting at a sikh temple, another six people gunned down at that temple. a school superintendent there today told the local press that she cried when she heard the news out of newtown, connecticut. she said "we always think it can't happen here, and we pray fervently that it won't. but as we know from our experience this summer, it can happen anywhere." the mayor of aurora, col
at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. we are told that scene is secure at this point. the public is not in any danger but there are lots of families in that community who will be scarred forever. 26 dead. 18 children. eight adults. this is the second worst shooting -- second worst school history in the history of this country. amanda ross is our reporter with wvit on the ground there covering the story from the beginning. amanda, tell me about the fire station nearby and the role that it played in all of this. >> well, the fire station when we first got on the scene and more of like the triage station and where everything was set up and now told by the other reporters with us over there is that that is most likely where the families are stationed. we heard that the governor went in to the building and the fire station and hasn't come out yet. we think that's where he's meeting with the families, briefing them, he's telling them what's going on. he wouldn't even actually come out and talk to the media because he was so focused on getting the families that information f
the local press that she cried when she heard the news out of newtown, connecticut. she said "we always think it can't happen here, and we pray fervently that it won't. but as we know from our experience this summer, it can happen anywhere." the mayor of aurora, colorado, is still helping his community try to recover from the mass shooting there this summer where 12 people were shot and killed and another 58 people were shot but survived. he said today from aurora, "our hearts go out to the people of newtown." colorado's senator michael bennet said today, "as coloradans, we know how this type of tragedy can shake a community to its core. we are here for connecticut today." colorado's governor, john hickenlooper, he said, "we know too well what impact this kind of violence has on a community." he said that the first thing he wanted to do today was talk to his counterpart governor in connecticut, dan malloy. governor hickenlooper said, "i cannot put into words how impossible it seems to me that this can happen again so suddenly." virginia tech was the site of a mass shooting five years ag
, the newtown police department received a call. >> our hearts are broken today. parents and sisters and brothers and family of these children and adults who were lost. >> there were 18 children pronounced dead at the scene and two children transported to the hospital and pronounced dead at the hospital, and there were six adults pronounced dead at the scene. >> evil visited this community today. this is a terrible time for this community and for these familie families. >> good morning. i'm melissa harris-perry. we are awaiting a press conference on the latest on the school shooting in newtown, connecticut. today, we are focused entirely on newtown. approximately an hour and a half outside of new york city, newtown, connecticut, is a small commuter town locateded in fairfield kocounty. it is a predominantly middle-class white community with approximately 30,000 people. they have several schools and synagogues and churches and it has a rotary club and basketball league like many other towns, but yesterday, as many of you know, newtown became the latest statistic of what is a disturbin
as well as you might imagine. this is newtown, connecticut, for folks who are not familiar. this town is roughly about 27,000, 28,000 folks who live there. i live roughly 15, 20 minutes away from newtown, connecticut. it's a very small town, and this is one of those stories that affects you in a very personal -- even if you don't have children, for instance, one of our directors who works here at msnbc, i just saw him before i came out here. he was rushing home. he has a daughter who goes to this school, thankfully, according to his wife, his daughter is okay. he has talked to a number of parents who have children in this school who have described in vivid detail what transpired there some hours ago. some of the stories we are going to hear play out here over the mechanics few hours, but according to him, according to the director, one of the things that happened inside that school based on conversations that he had with his wife, at one point when the shooting started there were a number of adults in that building, presumably 250e67ers, but a number of adults who managed somehow to b
nbc's danielle leigh joins us from newtown. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. just over my shoulder, you may be able to make out a christmas tree marking the memorial that has become the focal point of this little town. it's something those going to class today will drive by, and it will be a reminder that some thing also never be the same. each day long lines of cars bring thousands of tearful mourners to this little town. they're carrying candles, stuffed animals and laying them at this christmas tree. anything to honor the 26 victims from sandy hook elementary. >> felt kind of helpless at home. felt we needed to do something. >> reporter: this morning brings one step towards healing as students go back to class, but not sandy hook. police have indefinitely locked down the school while their investigation continues. the district is preparing a middle school in a neighboring town. >> i'm not sure we will ever get back to normal. whatever we can do to head that way, we want to start doing that. >> reporter: today also marks another round of grief as families continue to bur
security security in bengahzi, first the latest on newtown, connecticut. this morning president obama is expected to announce that vice president joe biden will spearhead his administration's response to the newtown shooting. the president is not expected to go into detail on policy decisions, but yesterday the white house hinted at what new legislation might look like. >> he is actively supportive of, for example, senator feinstein's stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapons ban. he supports and would support legislation that addresses the problem of the so-called gun show loophole. and there are other elements of gun legislation that he could support. people talked about high-capacity ammunition clips for example. that's something that certainly he would be interested in looking at. >> the national rifle association has broken its silence issuing a statement reading in part "the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to make sure this never happens again." the organization has planned what it describes as a major news conferen
in newtown, connecticut. a search warrant is being conducted in hoboken, new jersey. that's where he lived. we know that shortly after 9:30 this morning, walked in to the mother's kindergarten classroom and opened fire. he killed her an he also killed at least 18 children. that's the latest. we'll continue right now. "the cycle" will pick things up from here. >>> 3:00 here in new york. five hours and 90 miles from the mass shooting. we have been following it for you throughout the day ones ms. speaking of newtown, population 27,000, reeling this afternoon along with a stunned nation, after a gunman opened fire just after the start of class this morning. federal sources say he was 24 years old with two guns and shot dead. the suspect reportedly from hoboken made the hour or so trip up north to sanly hook elementary school where his mother taught kindergarten. we're hearing that victims were found inside the kindergarten classroom and inside the principal's office. new jersey governor chris christie expected to speak momentarily about the suspect. connecticut's governor up live this hour, a
from officials in connecticut. we're going to listen in. let's go live now to chris jansing in newtown, connecticut. >> hello, reverend al. i can tell you that governor malloy just made brief remarks here at the community gathering spot. he walked by me and seemed to be having difficulty holding back tears. this is a community -- really a nation -- that is trying to make sense of the senseless and the unspeakable violence that happened here in newtown today. 26 people killed inside an elementary school. the mother of the shooter now found at his home here in newtown. and we are just all asking the question why? there is an international gathering, literally scores of satellite trucks here. we know the basic facts of what happened. that the shooter came in early this morning after 9:00 and opened fire. we have heard the terrible stories about the children who were told to close their eyes and hold hands as they left that school building. but we still don't know a motive for this. and that is really the question that everyone is asking. and a little later on, about almost a little less t
not only connecticut but the nation in mourning. he spoke at the newtown vigil last night as both a president and a father. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. there's only one thing we can be sure of. that's the love that we have for our children, for our families, for each other. god has called them all home. for those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. >> we are joined by pastor rocky veech of connections church in newtown, connecticut, and pastor joey newton of the newtown bible church. pastor rocky, you were also a pastor in denver when columbine happened in 1999. what can you tell us about how a community starts to heal from something like this? >> i think it starts to heal right away with the funerals like here today. and community starts to come together. i noticed living in columbine, that was the beginning. those were the beginning signs of the healing that did take weeks after that. >> you know, this i guess is to both of you. we speend a lot of tim
at sandy hook elementary school will continue now into the night. live from newtown, with chris jansing, please stay with us. >> reporter: 28 people dead in the nation's latest shooting massacre, but this time, the horror is at an elementary school. this is msnbc's live coverage of the shooting in newtown, connecticut. the first call for help came just after 9:30. >> the school shooting at an elementary school in fairfield county, connecticut. >> reporter: it is a small town, holiday lights are up everywhere. >> a young man wearing black. >> he entered the school, he was wearing all black. >> armed with at least two weapons, carrying two handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. >> and we are told opened fire, killing 20 children. >> 20 small children and several adults. >> we'll leave no stone unturned as we look at every facet of this investigation. >> this is one of the worst school shootings in u.s. history. >> they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings. kids of their own. we are praying for them. that the love they felt for those they lost endu
about tamiflu. prescription for flu. >>> we are back live in newtown, connecticut. and students in the school district here are going back to class today, all except for the kids at sandy hook elementary. for the next few days, they'll continue to bury their classmates and teachers. now, we are going to go live to john boehner who just came out of a meeting with his caucus. >> what we've offered meets the 26 of balance, but the president is not very there. white house offered yesterday essentially $1.3 trillion in new revenues for only $850 billion in net spending reductions. that's not balanced. in my opinion. so at the same time, we're going to continue to talk with the president, we're going to also move plan "b." i think we all know that every income tax filer in america is going to pay higher rates come january 1st until congress acts. so i believe it's important that we protect as many american taxpayers as we can. and our plan "b," would protect the american taxpayers who make $1 million or less and have all of their current rates extended. i continue to have hope that we
church service in newtown. the next briefing is expected to be held at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. at msnbc, our continued coverage. we'll continue now and into the night. >>> weekends with alex witt" starts now. >> a quiet corner of america shattered. >> caller indicating she thinks someone is shooting in the building. >> chilling words in the midst of an attack on the least among us. the unimaginable deaths of small children at the hands of a young gunman. an elementary classroom, the killing field. what's left this morning? a small city of grief. a state in mourning. a country with new questions about the price of freedom. good morning, everyone. and welcome to "weekends with alex witt." we're calling it a tragedy, but that particular word nor any other could describe what happened on a cold, bright winter morning in newtown, connecticut. i'm afraid the answers we try to provide in the next hour to the most pressing questions will feel inat adequate to all of us, but we'll try with an admitedly heavy heart. here is what we know. there are new details to report among the 28 peop
in newtown. it's not just the white house. it's not just congress. today there's major news out of michigan where the republican governor rick snyder has vetoed legislation that would allow concealed weapons in churches and schools and day care centers. new polls show support for stricter gun control is at a ten-year high. the company that owns the gun maker that produced the rifle used in last week's massacre plans to sell it. calling the shooting a quote, water shed event. and dick sporting goods has suspend the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of their change. this is change. this is different. yet the right wing is already gearing up for a fight. fox news reports that the nra is expected to push back soon. they'll hold a news conference on friday. and republican governors still aren't convinced that guns are the problem. governor jan brewer says quote, i'm not sure additional gun control is something that needs to be addressed. i don't know how we get our arms around it. don't know how to get your arms around it? how about disarming those who shouldn't have weapons? and virginia go
, thank you very much. newtown schools are expected to resume class tomorrow but a date is not set for the children of sandy hook. when they'll return and go to a vacant school in a neighboring town. last night, the president assured the kids and their families they are not alone in their grief. >> all across this land of ours, we have wept with you. we have pulled our children tight. >> nbc's craig melvin joins us live from newtown. craig, there were 800 people in the high school gymnasium. many others outside and many more gathered to say good-bye to no yeah and jack in the services planned for tuesday for at least four other children. >> reporter: tamron, that's right. you mentioned no yeah posner. that funeral at 1:00 today. jack pointo, that funeral set for today. no yeah posner's twin sister survived. we're told jack was a huge new york giants, specifically of victor cruz. yesterday, cruz, the giants star receiver, he had his name on his gloves, he had his name on the cleats, as well and talk that jack pinto might be buried in the number 80 jersey. meanwhile, this morning, mo
this hour on the massacre of the school in newtown, connecticut. 20 children and six adults were killed and the lone gunman took his own life. i understand we are learn something new details about the gunman, adam lanza, and his family. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good afternoon. we are starting to put together some of the pieces of the p s te puz i will. adam lanza was home schooled. he has been described by students who -- when he did go to school, classmates of him, as very intelligent and as we have often heard in these cases, also described as loner. someone that didn't have a lot of friends. went out of his way not to be noticed, of course, he couldn't have changed that in a more devastating way than he did by going into that elementary school. his aunt, who has not seen him since he was 3 years old, spoke just within the last hour to local reporters in north carolina. here is what she had to say about adam. >> he was different. he was quiet. nice kid. good kid. he was challenging the family in that house. never in trouble with the law. never in trouble with anything. >> sh
that story. >> reporter: the long, slow procession of funerals happens again in newtown. four more victims will be laid to rest, including teacher victoria soto. >> whatever actions they took to divert his attention, i'm sure they're the ones that responsible for her being here with us today. >> reporter: while this grieving community continues to remember and mourn the 26 who are not. >> there's no words. >> just deep sadness. just like -- just right down to the middle of all of us. >> reporter: grief counselors and extra security teams were at schools as class resumed in k w newto newtown, tuesday. sandy hook elementary has been closed. it's not clear when students will restart school, when they do, the classrooms will look the same as they did before the attack at monroe elementary. still everyone here knows they will never be the same. 20 friends, teammates, brothers and sisters will always be missing. jay gray, nbc news, newtown, connecticut. >>> now for a look at the weather including that winter storm making its way east, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins. good morning. >>> goo
to stop further mass shooting. overwhelming sorrow reverberated from this newtown high school. packed full with people trying to make sense of the unimaginable. >> you keep asking, why? and there's no answer. no answer. >> reporter: this afternoon, families of some of the youngest victims will say good-bye. 6-year-old jack pinto and little noah pozner will be laid to rest. >> chase. jesse. james. god has called them all home. >> last night, president obama joined the grieving and promised their deaths would not be in vain. we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them we must change. >> he gave us a lot of hope and knowing that there's something that's going to be done. >> reporter: police are trying to determine a motive. they say the shooter killed his mother and then broke into zook zook elementary school friday morning. >> it's going to take many, many man hours to attempt to draw this picture together, to put this puzzle together. >> without answers this community waits. >> it's just unimaginable. it's just horrible. >> reporter: hearts heavy as many questi
in newtown, after he called for change when it comes to guns. as sandy hook remains closed indefinitely. nbc's danielle leigh joins us from newtown. how important was it for them to hear directly from the president? >> reporter: bill, good morning. people are finding comfort in the president's promise to do something to prevent future mass shootings. the country and really the whole world is behind them right now. unfortunately it does limit to replace their sadness. as this community prepares to lay to rest two of their youngest victims. for this community they're just struggling to cope with this unimaginable crime, we're just about a week away from the christmas holiday and i was speaking a man who lost a loved one at a memorial yesterday, he said that he can't celebrate this year. for many of them, the reality is just starting to sink in. the schools are here closed. as early as tomorrow, students who didn't attend sandy hook elementary school will go back to school. reporting live in newtown, connecticut, i'm danielle leigh. bill back to you. >>> mike, this morning for the first time i
. from washington our investigative correspondent live at newtown high school. let me start with you, pete. what's the latest on the investigation and the question that investigators said they will tell us at some point which is how closer are we to knowing why? >> not much that i know of, chuck. they had been hopeful that they could extract some information from the computers that he had in the home. he was very into computers, they say. he was very socially with drawn. he was very engaged with computers. they say before he left his mother's house on the morning that he shot and killed her while she was sleeping, he damaged extensively his computers that he took the hard drive out and tried to tamper with the inside of it and pulled the disk out and did a lot of damage to it. it's not clear whether they will be able to extract information and they will try their best and there is hope they will find something. there was no letter or note left behind. he was not someone who apparently was involved in social media. he didn't post things on websites or chat rooms. there is precious lit
to take air force one over to newtown, connecticut to take part in a vigil tonight. he'll be meeting with first responders, he'll also be meeting with family members of some of the survivors there. as you can see president obama making his way to air force one. kristen well welker who's standing by to travel with the president. what can we expect to hear from president obama tonight? >> reporter: as you mentioned, president obama is going to start off by meeting with the folks who were most affected by this tragedy as he arrives in newtown, connecticut. he'll be speaking with family members and first responders here at newtown high school. he said his comment also focus on the victims, on the lives lost. this is becoming an all too familiar path for this president. this will be the fourth time he will have spoken to a community that is reeling in the wake of a gun massacre. just this summer, he went to a aurora, colorado in the wake of the shooting there. last year, it was tucson, arizona, in 2009, it was ft. hood, texas. too many lives lost in all of these incidents, of course what
this afternoon in newtown. he was a huge fan of giants wide receiver victor cruz. cruz honored jack by writing his name on his cleats for yesterday's game. cruz plans to drive to newtown to give those items to jack's family. ♪ the weather outside is frightful ♪ ♪ but the fire is so delightful ♪ nothing melts away the cold like a hot, delicious bowl of chicken noodle soup from campbell's. ♪ let it snow, let it snow all the plastic water bottles we use in a year can add up. how's the run? but 300 of them can be replaced with just one brita filter. it was good. thanks. brita. filter for good. >>> we are back live in newtown, connecticut. the question is being asked have we finally reached a tipping point in the contentious gun control debate. the tragedy here in newtown is renewing calls to ban assault weapons and high capacity clips. new york city mayor michael bloomberg, who has been an outspoken gun control advocate, will make an announcement on gun violence in just a couple of hours. he's calling on the president to take the lead. >> we've got to really question whether military sty
>>> the president is ow with a plan to prevent another newtown and residents have a plan of their own. rob cox will show us how they are working to honor the littlest angels. >> speaker boehner lays down the gauntlet. why am i worried it's not a lump of coal. >> a chilly reception on benghazi sending in an icy blast at the state department. is it more than hillary can handle? >> no holiday break for president obama, but words from a president past could offer a new path forward. the lbj connection. >> white house history is my favorite. all that and my spoken word on why another past president had reason for holiday cheer. grab some cocoa. you are in the cycle. >> if you thought the fiscal cliff was a joke, listen to this, john boehner just 45 minutes ago. >> republicans ton to work towards avoiding the fiscal cliff. the president's offer of $1.3 trillion in revenues and $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet the tests that the president promised the american people a balanced approach. i hope that the president will get serious soon about providing and working
murderers to use any kind of weapon they want today, newtown, connecticut was saying good-bye to more of the women and children they lost. he will join us with the reaction he heard tonight in newtown, to wayne lapierre's speech. that is next. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. >>> politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones. they issue press releases bragging about them. they post signs, advertising them. and in doing so they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem, with minimum risk. >> today, during the nra's stunt in front of the cameras in washington, in newtown, connecticut, there were five more funerals and one memorial service for the victims of the massacre at sandy hook elementary school. 7-year-old student grace audrey mcdonnell, 6-year-old student olivia rose engel, therapist, rachel davino, 7-year-old student, grace gay, and 6-year-old student, christopher dylan jack hockley. they were all remember
to use any kind of weapon they want today, newtown, connecticut was saying good-bye to more of the women and children they lost. he will join us with the reaction he heard tonight in newtown, to wayne lapierre's speech. that is next. tter. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms and should not be used more than twice a day. people with copd taking advair may have a higher chance of pneumonia. advair may increase your risk of osteoporosis and some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking advair. if you're still having difficulty breathing, ask your doctor if including advair could help improve your lung function. get your first full prescription free and save on refills at advaircopd.com. sunni, shiit . >>> politicians pass laws for gun-free schoo
and opened fire on the te teachers and students. >> i couldn't process a shooting here in newtown. it was hours later when they started coming out with the numbers and it didn't seem real. it just seemed like this is wrong. there's a lot of information today. you just have to say to yourself, this is not real. >> reporter: the teenage brother of a sandy hook elementary school student described the terror in his little sister, the experience. >> she was very frightened when she came out. she was crying, all the other students were crying. and the thing she told me is that it really started when she heard gunshots and screams on the intercom, there were screams, the school was on lockdown, they were hiding in a tiny closet, all bundled up. when they left, the troopers, the fbi, told all the children to hold hands and close their eyes until they were outside. so obviously what was in there must have been very gruesome. >> reporter: now, police are still investigating a motive for the massacre, which is now the second deadliest school shooting in u.s. history, after the 2007 mass shoo
. and i believe what causes that change is that 20 of the victims in newtown, connecticut, were young children. and there is not only a heartbreak across our country about this, not only anger, but i think there's guilt. and we all ought to feel guilty because as a society, what the attacks in newtown said to us is that, we have failed to fulfill what would seem to be our most natural -- natural law. if you will. responsibility which is to protect the safety and lives of our children. >> senator joe lieberman talking on the senate floor saying they ought to feel guilty, referencing himself and his other colleagues, that americans aren't protected by stricter gun laws in this country. the senator there eye were an impassion -- with an impassioned speech. but even as both members, or even as members of both chambers of congress are advocates for strong gun regulations in the wake of this tragedy, there are some who would argue that more control of firearms is not the answer. joining me now is one of them, georgia republican congressman jack kingston. sir, it's good to have you here. i h
trust can summon even one tiny iota of the courage those teachers, that principal, in newtown summoned on friday, if cooperation and common sense prevail, then i'm convinced we can make a sensible, intelligent way to make the united states of america a safer -- >> well, the president's statement gets largely overshadowed by questions about the fiscal cliff, a final question hits home. >> this is not the first issue, the first incident with horrific gun violence of your four years. where have you been? >> well, here's where i've been, jake, i've been president of the united states dealing with the worst economic crisis since the great depression, an auto industry on the verge of collapse, two wars. i don't think i've been on vacation. and, so, i think all of us have to do some reflection on how we prioritize what we do here in washington. >>> in newtown today, funerals for five of the victims, including principal dawn hochsprung and teacher victoria soto. classes will resume for sandy hook students january 2nd in nearby monroe. >> we're not sure what will happen to sandy hook. at this p
after the tragedy in newtown, a moment of silence will be marked this morning after 9:30 and echoed across the country to pay tribute to the victims in a community still in shock. good morning from washington. it's friday, december 21st, 2012, and this is "the daily rundown. i'm chris cillizza in today for chuck todd. we start with speaker boehner's stunning defeat last night. his own party pulling the rug out from under him with just 11 days to go before we go over the fiscal cliff. boehner and his team spent the better part of the week trying to round up support for his plan b to avoid the cliff but in the end there weren't enough republicans willing to pass it. so at 7:45 last night the speaker convened house republicans, said a prayer, broke the news, and sent everyone home for the holidays. the majority leader eric canter relayed the news to reporters. >> no vote today? >> no. >> will there be a vote tomorrow? >> no. >> are you ditching plan b? will there be a vote today? >> no. >> what happened tonight, mr. cantor? >> a statement from boehner came almost simultaneously. he sai
on the shooting at sandy hook elementary in newtown, connecticut. we are first going to go to jonathan dietz. we are sorry. we are -- we have clint van zandt, an fbi profiler and criminal expert on the phone. clint, for some more updates on this, do we have anything else to report? there was wnbc unconfirmed report about more bodies that has since been retracted. is there anything else many terms of by way of details on this? there is one person apparently dead. he may or may not have been the unarmed shooter. do you have anything more you can share with us? >> number one, i always appreciate the caution that msnbc uses to not report things until they're actually fact. the newspapers in that area are reporting that at least one teacher was shot m foot and that there may well have been other injuries sustained likely by students. to the extent we don't know yet, we do know from the mayor in the local area that at least three people have been rushed to the local hospital. he also made reference that he couldn't get names or conditions until the next of kin were located. when we hear terminology li
night say what happened on friday in newtown, connecticut, is just part of living in the free society of america. chuck todd is nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director, and chris cillizza is managing editor of postpolitics.com. gentlemen, i know we all saw this. this is what we used to call the topic sentence. i think this was the most telling, action-oriented piece of what the president said last night up in connecticut. let's listen to it now. >> in the coming weeks, i will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. because what choice do we have? we can't accept events like this as routine. are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage? that the politics are too hard? are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? >> chuck todd, you know, gun control was probably not in many politicians' son
26 times in newtown during a moment of silence for the victims. that moment at the:30 a.m. eastern time the same time the gunman forced his way into that school. bells tolling across the country from massachusetts to a cathedral in manhattan to the basilica in washington, d.c. in the nation's capitol president obama held a moment of silence on his own away from the cameras. in a video release this had morning the president spoke to the thousands of american that is signed a we the people petition calling for gun control and vowed to take action. >> as i said earlier this week, i can't do it alone. i need your help. if we're going to succeed it will take a sustained effort for mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, law enforcement and responsible gun owners. >> with the president calling for concrete change by next month, there is already signs of republican resistance to his push for stronger gun control. >> what bothered me the most as a representative is how this has been politicized so quickly. >> do you dare come on my show and say i am using the slaughter of 20 little 6 and
of the issues connected to the newtown tragedy, guns, a culture of violence, and mental hale, but despite those good efforts to take a comprehensive look at the problem, the national policy conversation inevitably reverts back to one issue, gun control, and that conversation is always the same. the left pushes, the right resists. that conversation isn't working. here is why. if you truly believe that guns are the problem, then the only intellectually honest argument is to eliminate them all. focusing only on assault weapons is a cop out. in 2010 a mere 2.8% of homicides were committed withen assault weapon while 42.6% were committed with a handgun and during the ten-year federal ban on assault weapons numerous mass shootings, including columbine, still took place. making it harder to obtain a gun is also confusing the issue. adam lanza stole the guns from his mother. gun control advocates should want her guns and all guns banned. would-be murderers don't respect those artificial boundaries. but aside from the constitutional impossibility of eliminating all guns, prohibition hasn't proven to be
the past hour about the deadly school shooting in newtown, connecticut. good day, everyone. i'm alex witt. it is a day of questions and fresh insight about the sandy hook elementary school shooting. there is information about the gunman, how he entered the school and killed 20 children and six adults before he killed himself. >> we have established the point of entry. it's believed he was not voluntarily let into the school at all. that he forced his way into the school. but that's as far as we can go on that. >> in a moment, chris janzen in connecticut with more on that news conference. first compelling new information about the shooter and what he did in the days before the attack. nbc's pete williams is in washington. pete with a good day, what have you learned? >> reporter: alex, the connecticut authorities have not yet formally identified the gunman, but we're been told and i think it's widely known it's adam lanza is his name, 20 years old who was living with his mother. they say the shooting actually began that morning about three miles from the school at the home where he was livi
the world. >>> first, following the gun massacre in newtown, the nra finally speaks. you simply had to hear it to believe it. 8 . >>> good morning. i'm joy reid in today for the lovely melissa harris-perry. today, i am almost speechless because yesterday, the leading political force behind pro-gun policy, the national rifle association, broke their silence with a flabbergasting response to the tragedy in newtown. wayne lapierre made his assessment plain. >> the only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection. the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> in the seven days that have passed since 20 children and seven adults lost their lives in newtown, the country has been immersed in a national dialogue not only to explain this event but to achieve a legislative response that will make our country safer. the nra's contribution? more guns. >> i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation
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